MBARARA – The Executive Director of Oxfam International, Ms Winnie Byanyima, has said that the opposition cannot dislodge the ruling party from power with their current divisions.
Speaking at a thanksgiving held their home in Nyamitanga Division, Mbarara Municipality on Saturday, Ms Byanyima, who is also the wife of opposition leader Dr Kiiza Besigye, said that the current divisions show that the opposition does not know what it wants.
“I am sorry about the divisions in opposition, I’m really sad; if we can come together and look for opportunities for our people; we don’t need to divide ourselves and lose opportunities, lets come together,” she said at the function that also coincided with her 60th birthday.
“I am here for unity of our people; I’m calling us to overcome our differences. Leave the small world of ‘I’m this religion; I ‘m this tribe; think nationally and beyond,” Ms Byanyima said at the function that was attended by several leaders, among them Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.
The thanksgiving was preceded by mass led by Msgr John Barugahare.
Ms Byanyima lashed at those who support the ruling party without demanding for better services such as jobs.
“What hurts me and I lose to sleep is having educated people who don’t have jobs. In UK and America, the President gives report on jobs created monthly. Do we ask ours? What we do is clapping and giving them more votes,” Ms Byanyima said.
She added, “Youth don’t have jobs yet we don’t question leaders about that! Let’s ask hard questions; where are opportunities for our children, why are they not there? Let’s ask that every month; that’s my message. What I can’t abandon is to fight for opportunities for our children to get better life; I have also produced, you have seen my
Byanyima thanked her husband Besigye for tolerating whatever has not been right in their marriage. “It’s not easy, but I haven’t failed. He tolerates me I also tolerate him. Forgive me for whatever I could have
done wrong against you,” Ms Byanyima said.
He hailed Ms Byanyima for bringing up their son Anselm single-handedly. Dr Besigye said he lived with his son when he was in exile in South African for only one month, and learnt how tough it is to raise a child as a single parent. He was three years old then and he is now 19 years.
“I have experience of what single parenting means for the one month I did it. That’s why I thank Winnie for all these years (she has looked after him),” Dr Besigye said.